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scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:52 pm
by number34
I am a total newbie, be gentle.


This is a random issue, as in it only happens once in a while. What happens is when I am scrolling down in a window the text will only scroll in the bottom couple of lines of text. The rest of the text will stay stationary, until I try to scroll back up. Then the text in at the top of the window will scroll down. Eventually the whole window is vertically smooshed into a small unintelligible window. This has happened to me in Open Office and Fire Fox. The problem usually goes away if I restart the PC.

Is there anything that can be done about this?

Thanks,
Tom

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:41 pm
by Husse
I'm not sure i get it
When you scroll down not much happens, but when you scroll up again the scroll that did not happen before happens and squeezes all text into a black line or similar?
It is made more difficult as it happens both inside Open Office and outside - if it was only OO one would look there

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:04 pm
by number34
Perhaps this will help. I found a screen shot while searching that someone posted that shows what is happening. This is a mild case of it since it is only the very top and bottom of the window. (This is not my image)

Image


If it happens to me again I will take a screen shot of it for you.

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:16 am
by Husse
I see (with a double meaning :))
The only thing I know of that causes this behaviour is a bad video driver - if you have vesa (which you should not have) this can happen
So we need to know about your hardware - run lspci and post

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:51 pm
by number34
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 760/M760 Host (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SG86C202
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS964 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 36)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 90)
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] RAID bus controller 180 SATA/PATA [SiS] (rev 01)
00:0a.0 Communication controller: Agere Systems V.92 56K WinModem (rev 03)
00:0b.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller (rev 80)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:40 am
by Husse
You have SiS graphics - oh dear....
That could be the root of it - there simply are no good drivers for SiS
This page (although old) explains it but don't use any of the drivers on that page
There's a massive thread in Ubuntu forums about the 771/671 but you have the 761/661 and I'm not sure that's the same
Anyway useful post here

Re: scrolling issues - Mint 8

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:11 pm
by number34
Thanks for your help and the links! I do appreciate it.

Tom